Tim had us on edge of seats

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHO knew watch­ing a group of small spell­ers bat­tle it out on na­tional tele­vi­sion could be so T-E-N-S-E?

The Whit­sun­days’ very own Ti­mothy did. And while he’s no longer in Chan­nel Ten’s The Great Aus­tralian Spell­ing Bee, the 11-year-old lo­cal gave it his best shot.

On Mon­day’s episode spell­ers had to work in teams. Four groups of six went head-to­head to gain im­mu­nity from elim­i­na­tion.

Ti­mothy, who blitzed his way through last week’s episodes and was one of 26 top spell­ers, was in Team Green.

Team com­peti­tors had to say a let­ter each to cor­rectly spell a word and Team Green spelt 10, how­ever Team Yel­low won over­all.

Tues­day’s show was full of speed spells and flash­cards.

Ti­mothy was up against Aimee and af­ter both spelled “tung­sten” cor­rectly, they were on to “kilo­watt”.

“I for­got a let­ter,” Ti­mothy said, mis­tak­enly spell­ing the word with only one t.

In the fi­nal chal­lenge be­fore four spell­ers were sent home, Ti­mothy’s mum, Julie, told him she was proud of him mo­ments be­fore he stepped out on stage.

Ti­mothy had to spell “valu­able” but missed out the ‘a’. “He knows it. His brain is just scram­bled,” Julie said.

“It’s all over – my boat’s just sunk,” Ti­mothy said, with that play­ful smirk Aus­tralia has come to love, be­fore mak­ing a salute and pur­posely fall­ing away from the cam­era.

SU­PER­STAR: Whit­sun­days' Ti­mothy did us proud on na­tional tele­vi­sion.

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